Arizona joins states to promote electric vehicle charging

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed onto a plan with other governors to help expand the use of electric vehicles by creating a corridor of charging stations across several western states.

The agreement signed Thursday commits Arizona to meet with the other states to develop voluntary standards for charging station locations and spacing, establish minimum standards and work to expand electric vehicle use.

The goal is to create an Intermountain West Electric Vehicle Corridor that will allow drivers to cross the member states. The routes targeted in Arizona include all the major interstate highways. Other states signing on include Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

"New technologies are changing how we live every day, and it's important we keep up," stated Governor Ducey. "In Arizona, we want to continue to welcome innovation with open arms. By working with other western states to establish this corridor, we can help ensure Arizona is at the forefront."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.